Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

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Why you should be Giving into Your Church Offering

As a Wealthy Christian it should be your desire and privilege to give from the finances He has blessed you with into your local church congregation.  Giving of tithes and offerings is really important as a Christian.  Why?

Why you should be Giving into Your Church Offering

Why you should be Giving into Your Church Offering

  1. It honours God – His word talks about giving back into His storehouse.  When He blesses us with finances and we give some back to His church, it allows His works to continue.
  2. It shows your faith – you are showing that you trust God and His people to make use of the portion of your finances you’re being generous with.
  3. It helps with planning – for those who oversee the financial side of a church, regular offerings allow them to plan for services, give into missions and plan for outreach.
  4. It helps with missions – many missions are supported by church congregations.  This can only happen if church members regularly give of their finances.
  5. It supports God’s work – this links back in with the first point.  God’s work is able to be carried out because His people honour Him by giving of what He’s first blessed them with.

When you earn finances, thanking God should be your first thought.  This should then be followed by honouring God by giving back into His house.

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The Real way you Win

I’ve recently been doing a free 5 day course by Melyssa Griffin.  The first day focused on setting goals that are core value focused or outer value focused.  When we do something, are we driven by the approval of others or do we do it because we’ll feel good once it’s done?

You may say both!  But if you work to stay in shape because you’re insecure about how others perceive you, this isn’t good motivation.  However, if you do so because you feel good and know it’s good for you and your body, this is different!

The Real Way you Win is by Earning for Something you would do for Free

The Real Way you Win is by Earning for Something you would do for Free

I had my first job at 20 after completing a Diploma focused on horse breeding.  I landed my dream job.  Sure, I worked a 12 day fortnight (every second weekend off) and I worked 50+ hour weeks for a relatively low wage.  But you know what?  I loved it!  I would have done that work for free.  It was a bonus that I got paid to do something I enjoyed so much.

And I believe that’s what we need to do with our finances and life for Christ.  We need to find things that we enjoy so much that just happen to earn us an income.  Then the job is never about what we earn but much more about doing something because we’re passionate about it.  If it can add value to the life of others, then that’s an awesome thing, too!

The real way you win in life is by working in a job that you enjoy rather than one that just pays the bills.  And as you find yourself earning more than enough to live on, then perhaps you can invest your time and energy in things that will benefit others – whether or not it earns you income!

Consider my Wealthy Christians devotional.  It’s free to download because I want it available to anyone who is interested in it and may benefit from it 🙂  I plan to complete more core value goals in 2018.  My core values are to do things that benefit others and share my faith.  What might yours be?

Money Grows in Savings Accounts

You may be familiar with the story of the talents.  The owner of the money is angry that one of his servants didn’t at least put the money loaned to him in a bank so it could earn interest.  Earning interest in a savings account is a given.  Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it does grow in savings accounts.

God's Word States that Money Grows in Savings Accounts

God’s Word States that Money Grows in Savings Accounts

Even if you aren’t regularly able to put aside money for saving, what is to stop you from keeping the majority of your money that you live on, in a savings account?  As bills fall due, you can transfer it to your everyday account to pay for them.  Until then, the money can be earning interest.

If you’re able to earn even a small sum in interest over a year – say $50 – wouldn’t you do it?  Surely if someone handed you $50 you wouldn’t refuse it!  Well every month you can be handed money in your account – if you’ll house your funds in a savings account!  Even if you don’t see the value for yourself, think of the value you could give through donating your savings each year.

Perhaps you could acquire it over the year and then donate the lump sum to a cause that God’s placed on your heart.  Money grows in savings accounts – make it grow by planting your funds into a savings account today.

4 Things you can do to get your Finances into Shape for 2018

4 Things you can do to get your Finances into Shape for 2018.

4 Things you can do to get your Finances into Shape for 2018.

Often at this time of year people consider resolutions for the New Year.  Do you ever create goals or make resolutions for your finances?  You should!  Here are some things to consider that can help you get your finances into shape for 2018.

  • Plant yourself in a local church and tithe regularly
    • I firmly believe that God will get finances to you if he can get them through you. If you’re not going to invest into his kingdom, then is it really worth him providing you with the opportunity to acquire lots of wealth?
    • Getting connected into a local church encourages you to connect with other Christians, grow spiritually and learn more of God’s word. Plus it gives you opportunity to give back into something that’s important to God (and should be to you!)
  • Start saving from your next lot of pay.
    • The only way you will save is if your prioritise it. Perhaps you know that you spend as much as (or even more) than you earn.  Even if that is the case, your money can be sitting in savings until it is needed elsewhere.  You earn interest daily in most savings accounts.  You can save on money that will later need to be spent.
  • Know your budget
    • The simplest way to save is to spend less than you earn and put the rest into savings. If you are able to assess your whole budget for a year you’ll identify areas where you need to spend less or can cut back on spending.  Once you know your budget, you can make a plan for changes that benefit you financially.
  • Spend a little time each day for 30 days on the Wealthy Christians devotional.
    • Looking at what God’s word has to say about wealth and practically applying some financial tips can put you in a lot better position for the New Year.  It’s free to download!

God as our Financial Advisor

I recently received a review for one of my horse fiction novels.  It focuses around the King family who manage a property with other peoples’ horses on it.  Whenever they have a financial issue or decision to be made, they bring their concerns before God.  A criticism in the review was raised: why don’t they seek a financial advisor’s help, rather than God’s?

God as our Financial Advisor can Lead us in Best Practice

God as our Financial Advisor can Lead us in Best Practice

I want to suggest that you can do both.  If you are struggling with managing your finances and want advice, it makes sense to go to someone who knows money.  They know how to manage things better in accounts, how to increase savings and decrease spending.  They know about superannuation and planning for your future.  They are able to guide about investments.

How do they know all of these things?  Because they have studied finances; they have a passion for them.  And who gave them the passion, who gave them these skills and the capacity to learn and help others?  God!

I honestly believe first and foremost that we should entrust our finances to God.  Pray that he would guide us on being good stewards of our finances.  Pray that he would lead us to advisors who can best meet our needs.  Pray that he would help us to be disciplined in our spending and saving.  And pray that he would help us to increase our financial intelligence.

Don’t ignore how other people’s knowledge can help you in your financial journey.  But first and foremost, ask God to guide you in wisdom and knowledge.  Trust God as your financial advisor.

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Let it Start with Me

I was recently listening to a song on the radio. It was one that I knew but hadn’t heard for awhile. And with it is a message that I often forget – but should remember daily: Let it start with me.

Let it Start with me | Wealth in the Bible

Let it Start with me | Wealth in the Bible

The singer talks of a fallen world and things that are wrong in it. Do you see that? I feel it can be easy as Christians to feel that life’s problems could be lessened, if only… If only he would give more into the church offering. If only she would be nicer to those in need. If only they would raise their children better… it’s a cop out to feel that the world would be a better place if someone else were to pick up their game.

The only person we can influence greatly – and the only person we ever will – is ourselves. In the movie Amazing Grace, William Wilberforce is talking with his best friend, Will Pitt. Will is talking about the two of them getting into parliament and being able to change the world together. He asks Wilberforce, “Don’t you believe we could change the world?” William’s quiet reply is, “I would change myself, first.”

When we want to see more giving, more love, more grace, more of anything that represents God, we should look to ourselves first. As a wealthy Christian with influence in whatever capacity you have, let this be your prayer: let it start with me, Lord.

Be Greedy for More

Now this may seem like a ridiculous statement to read if you consider your faith and finances. Surely we should be content with what we have, even if we’re trusting God to make our finances multiply and produce more. I want to suggest the idea that all of us should be greedy for more. But in a totally different light!

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My husband and I often attend a weekly community dinner that is run by a local church. It is free, is a great feed and is a chance to connect with our local community. The attendees are people from various churches in our town and a large amount of unchurched people. It is these people that we hope to establish relationships with and share God’s love with.

Recently the host of the dinner gave everyone a bag of lollies that had a bible verse printed out on a card and attached to it. The title was freely received, freely give. The host encouraged all of us that we were welcome to enjoy our one bag of sweets. Or we could go home and find someone to pass it on to; someone who didn’t know God. If we did that, we were promised 2 bags of sweets for the following week.

Now I am going to say that most people would decide one bag is enough. They get to stay in their comfort zone – and enjoy their lollies! But I want to suggest that in this regard, we should all be greedy for more. What if we shared our faith with someone – or our lollies – and it resulted in them finding Christ? Suddenly there is one more person in eternity with us. As Christians, we should always be greedy for more – for reaching more people for Christ.

And our finances can often be something that aids us in doing that. In what way can you use your finances today to bless someone who doesn’t know that God loves them?

$300,000 as a Goal

I have been reading the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson of late. It’s proving to be an inspiring and challenging read! One thing I love that I read in the book was about his initial offering to missions when their church was in its infancy. They weren’t supporting themselves yet, but he felt God call him to give into another ministry.

$300,000 as a Goal - Could you Live on 10%? | Wealth in the Bible

$300,000 as a Goal – Could you Live on 10%? | Wealth in the Bible

As they were obedient as a church (by giving a humble offering of $50) they found that the following week’s collection for the church was tripled. Wow! Mark is a successful Christian writer and he has confessed that he and his wife give close to 50% of their profits from book sales into God’s kingdom. But they desire to give more.

In fact, he has stated that he looks forward to the day when they’re giving 90% and living on 10%! So there’s a great challenge. What figure would you need to earn to be able to live on 10% and give the rest to God?

For me I think $300,000 would be a sufficient figure.

I believe I could comfortably live on $30,000 over a year with my husband and two children. And oh, to be able to give the rest into our church and other Christian causes! What a great financial goal 😀  What is your financial figure as a Wealthy Christians goal?

Bartering to Save Money

Bartering can be an incredible way to give when there is an overflow. It also allows us to receive from others when they experience this. And if you’re wise about it, it can also be another means to save.

A real life example? My church is made up of many farmers and gardeners. We have benefitted from their overflow of zucchinis, oranges, chestnuts, figs and even iris bulbs. Most of these we take when they’re on offer for free and find that it can substitute for other ingredients we’ve already bought that will last longer – or for when we needed to do a shop! The fresh produce we use quickly in meals, to support our family of four. And consequently, we don’t have to buy certain foods for a little longer – so we save money that week.

Bartering to Save Money

Bartering to Save Money

Now we’re not often in a position to be able to bring things to church to share because of an overflow of produce in the garden. However, we are able to give of our time and finances. And when we benefit from someone else being generous with their extra, we are able to save more because we spend less for that given week.

I have a group of girlfriends that work to benefit each other. If we have too much of a veggie in the garden, or we find that food producing seeds have generated more plants or seedlings than we need, then we offer them around the group. The same is true for when our chickens produce more eggs than we need! In this way, we give because we have more than we need. And in time, in return we receive some other product that benefits us. Sometimes we barter – eggs for broadbeans, for example. But more often than not we just choose to give and not keep score about who has given more in a particular time frame. When others are generous in your church or circle of friends, if you are wise with what you receive, it can lead to saving even more at particular times.

You may find that you can offer your time or skills in exchange for something you need, rather than money. Then the money you would have paid for this can go into savings instead. Think of creative ways you can pay for something without necessarily using your hard earned cash.

Delegating Your Finances

It occurred to me today that in a way as Wealthy Christians we can be delegating when it comes to our finances. So what does delegating entail? Giving a task or role to someone to carry out on your behalf. And there are some unique ways that we can do this. Perhaps it’ll energise you to know that you’re not the only one working for your financial future! So how can we delegate our finances?

  1. Delegating Your Finances helps to Generate Wealth

    Delegating Your Finances helps to Generate Wealth

    Pray about them – when we ask God to guide us, to bless us and to empower us financially, He is working in this area on our behalf. He may prompt us to invest in a particular area that sees great returns, give into a particular area or even on how to cut back on spending! When we ask God to work on our behalf, we can be confident that he will help us in the area of our finances.

  2. Save – savings are earned daily. Whatever we put into savings is working for us, every single day! In this way, we are delegating our money to go on and generate something for us.
  3. Investing – when we invest our money into something other than a savings account / term deposit, we do so anticipating that it’ll earn a return for us in some other way. Investments should be generating income for us, too.

So here are 3 ways that we can delegate when it comes to our finances. Praying about them is at the top of the list for a reason!

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